Attendance Regulations unlawful absences. In the event that a child does
The Department of Education and the schools of the accumulate more than three unlawful absences, the
Commonwealth are obligated to comply with state and parent will receive a certified letter and is subject to a
federal requirements for student attendance and truancy. fine and costs related to all subsequent unlawful absences.
As “No Child Left Behind” and the Pennsylvania Please note that all absences will be considered
Accountability System place increased emphasis on student unlawful/illegal until the school receives a written
achievement and attendance, it has become even more excuse explaining the reason(s) for an absence.
important to improve our efforts to reduce truancy.
Regular attendance at school is an important part of every
student’s success and is necessary in order to gain the Mandatory Physician’s Notes
greatest benefit from the educational experience. Students A maximum of ten days of cumulative lawful absences
who are frequently absent from school miss direct verified by parental notification may be permitted during a
instruction and regular contact with their teachers. Our school year. All absences beyond ten cumulative days will
goal is to work collaboratively with families to ensure that require an excuse from a physician. In addition to this, any
students attend school regularly and have successful period of three (3) or more consecutive days absent will
educational experiences. require a physician’s note.
Parents/guardians should submit the physician’s note
within three school days of the absence(s). If a physician’s
Types of Absences note is not received within three school days of the
The school attendance policy identifies two types of absence(s), the absence(s) will be recorded as illegal.
absences, lawful (excused) and unlawful (unexcused), for
elementary school aged children. Pennsylvania law defines
absences as lawful when a student is prevented from Tardiness
attendance for mental, physical, or other urgent reasons. The school day for students begins at 8:45 AM. Students
According to school policy, acceptable lawful absences entering the building after 8:45 are considered tardy and
include illness, family emergency, death of a family must be accompanied to the office by a parent to be signed
member, medical or dental appointments, authorized school in to school. A tardy will be considered excused only if
activities, Religious Holidays (must be pre-approved by there is a physician’s note received upon entry to school.
administration), and educational travel with prior All other tardies will be considered unexcused. For each
approval. five (5) unexcused tardies that are accumulated, the
student will be charged a half day illegal absence.
Call in/Excuse Procedure
In the event that your child is absent, please call the school Educational Trips
office at 784-0309 between the hours of 8:00 and 10:00 Any trips that are scheduled when school is in session must
a.m. to report the reason for the absence. In the event that a be approved by the building principal. This approval will
student is absent and no call has been received by the be contingent upon student attendance and can be denied if
health room, our health aide will call the student’s home to the principal deems the number of absences prior to the trip
determine the reason for the absence. The as excessive. These forms must be completed and
parent/guardian must provide written notification submitted to the principal at least three (3) days prior to the
within three school days of a student’s absence in order trip. Students are responsible for the work that is missed
for the absence to be recorded as lawful. during the time that they are off. These days will be
added in to the student’s cumulative attendance.
Full and Partial Absences
A student is counted present for a full day if a student is in
attendance for four hours or more of the school day. A
student is counted present for half day if in attendance for
at least two hours of the school day, but less than four
hours. A student will be recorded as full-day absent, if they
are present for less than two hours of the school day.
A maximum of three days of cumulative unlawful
absences may be permitted during a school year. All
unlawful absences beyond three cumulative days may
result in a fine from the magistrate.
Parents will receive written notification from the school
when a child accumulates his/her first and third unlawful
absences. In addition, the school will work collaboratively
with the parents to develop an attendance plan to ensure
that the child does not accumulate additional